An initiative of The N.C. Center for Health & Wellness at UNC Asheville

North Carolina Organizations

NC organizations offering Healthy Aging NC programs:


Carolina Geriatric Education Center

Since 1999 the mission of the CGEC has been to improve the health of North Carolina’s older adults by providing evidence-based and culturally competent geriatrics education and training, and enable health professionals to better serve the state’s increasingly diverse older adult populations. Our goals under the newly formed Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (2015 – 2018) include integrating geriatrics into primary care, promoting interprofessional education and bringing continuing education to communities across North Carolina.

Eat Smart Move More NC

Eat Smart, Move More North Carolina is a statewide movement that promotes increased opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity wherever people live, learn, earn, play and pray.

We work to help communities, schools and businesses make it easy for people to eat healthy food and be physically active. We also encourage individuals to think differently about what they eat and how much they move, and to make choices that will help them feel good and live better.

Eat Smart Move More NC Guide:   Move More Walking Map Guide

Fall Prevention Coalitions in NC

Fall Prevention Coalitions around North Carolina bring together a variety of stakeholders with the shared mission of reducing falls and fall related injuries in their regions. Communication through coalitions increases coordination of effort, reduces overlap and provides a network of leadership working locally on matching issues.

North Carolina Falls Prevention Coalition
Ellen Bailey, Executive Director
UNC Asheville
463 Sherrill Center, CPO 4010
Asheville, NC  28804
828-255-7070 (office)

High Country Regional Coalition (Yancey, Mitchell, Avery, Watauga, Ashe, Allegheny, Wilkes counties)
Nicole Hiegl
Aging Services Coordinator
468 New Market Blvd.
Boone, NC 28607
828-265-5434  x 113

Metrolina Falls Prevention Coalition (Anson, Cabarrus, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanly, Union counties)
Natalie Tunney, Aging Specialist
Centralina COG, Area Agency on Aging
9815 David Taylor Drive, Suite 100, Charlotte, NC  28262
Phone: 704-348-2711
Toll Free: 800-508-5777

Eastern NC Falls Prevention Coalition
Mary Hall, Chair
Senior Services Prevention Coordinator
Vidant Medical Center
PO Box 6028
Greenville, NC 27835

Our meetings are held the 4th Tuesday every other month (even months).  If you are interested in joining the coalition, please contact Mary Hall at  252-847-0550   or

Piedmont Area Falls Prevention Coalition
Laura Bolton Plunkett
Piedmont-Triad Area Agency on Aging
1398 Carrollton Crossing Drive,
Kernersville, NC 27284

Triangle Falls Prevention Coalition
Chair: Tricia Smar, MSW, CHES
Injury Prevention Coordinator
Trauma Services, Duke University Hospital

Western NC Falls Prevention Coalition
Chair: Cynthia Moses PT, DPT
Program Manager of Senior Living Services, HealthPro Heritage
3199 Sweeten Creek Road
Asheville, NC 28803
(828) 333-5072

Region A Health Promotion Coalition
Jeanne Mathews, Southwestern Area Agency on Aging
828-586-1962, x 217

Federally Qualified Health Centers

Federally qualified health centers (FQHC) provide primary care services to traditionally underserved areas and populations regardless of ability to pay.

Miles for Wellness Challenge  (NC Office of State Human Resources)

Past Miles for Wellness challenges have taken participants on virtual hikes across our state to experience the splendor of natural marvels. Part of the statewide Move More initiative, Miles for Wellness Challenge 18 will take us indoors to enjoy entertaining exhibits at several museums. Beginning on September 17 and continuing for eight weeks, Miles for Wellness Challenge 18: The Trail of Amusing Museums will highlight amusing and/or unusual aspects from one museum to the next.

NC 2-1-1

When you need help or information for yourself, your family or someone you know all you need to do is dial 2-1-1 or visit to get connected. Dial 2-1-1, it’s FREE, 24/7, confidential and available in all languages.


NC4A’s primary mission is to build capacity and coordinate the activities of the 16 Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) in North Carolina. AAAs are charged with helping older adults and people with disabilities, along with their caregivers, live in their communities in the least restrictive environment with maximum dignity and independence for as long as possible.

NC Area Agencies on Aging

Area Agencies on Aging are offices established through the Older Americans Act that serve to facilitate and support the development of programs to address the needs of older adults in a defined geographic region (see map) and support investment in their talents and interests. In N.C., AAAs are located within regional Councils of Government. These AAAs have functions in five basic areas:
  (1) advocacy; (2) planning; (3) program and resource development; (4) information brokerage; and (5) funds administration and quality assurance.

NC Baptist Aging Ministry (NCBAM)

Through its partnerships with government agencies, social groups and Baptist churches, NCBAM serves to help aging adults 65+ maintain their independence in their own homes. The ministry’s “Priority #1: Prevention” outreach focuses on fall and fire prevention education and medication management programs. The NCBAM Call Center (877.506.2226) provides information and resources and can also refer specific needs to Baptist volunteers across the state. Call Center assistance (877.506.2226) is available Monday through Friday, 9:00 am– 5:00 pm.

NC Centers for Independent Living

Centers for Independent Living (CILs) are non-residential, 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporations.  They are consumer-controlled, community-based organizations that provide programs and services for people with all types of disabilities and their families.  The goal of CILs is to promote and support opportunities for people with disabilities to fully participate in an integrated community and search for the possibilities to live as they choose. Because peer support is an integral part of Independent Living the majority of the staff and board of directors of every CIL  are people with disabilities.

NC Council of Churches

The North Carolina Council of Churches was founded in 1935 and is a statewide ecumenical organization promoting Christian unity and working towards a more just society. While the Council is itself overtly Christian, many of the committees and task groups are interfaith, including members from non-Christian faith communities. Several committees also include members of Christian denominations which are not part of the Council of Churches. Through this work, we live our motto: Strength in Unity, Peace through Justice.

NC Senior Centers

Connect with support systems, classes and experts through local senior centers. To find a nearby senior center, contact the NC Division of Aging and Adult Services.

PDF: Falls Prevention Patient Information
PDF: AMOB Local Implementation Doc

NC YMCA’s – Moving for Better Balance

Also, to find a Healthy Aging class at a YMCA near you, please visit NC Alliance of YMCA .

Gaston County Family YMCA
201 S Clay St
Gastonia, NC 28052
(704) 865 8551

YMCA of Western North Carolina
53 Asheland Avenue Suite 105
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 251 5909       Moving for Better Balance Class Information

YMCA of the Triangle
801 Corporate Center Drive Suite 200
Raleigh, NC 27607
(919) 719 9622     Moving for Better Balance Class Information

YMCA of Southeastern NC (Wilmington)
2710 Market St
Wilmington, NC 28403
(910) 251 9622    Moving for Better Balance Class Information

Wilkes Family YMCA (YMCA of Northwest NC)
801 YMCA Blvd
Wilkesboro NC 28697
(336) 838 3991    Health & Wellness Class Information

YMCA OF Greensboro
3216 Horse Pen Creek Rd.
Greensboro NC 27410
(336) 387 9622

Cleveland County Family YMCA
411 Cherrydale Rd.
Shelby NC  28150
(704) 484 9622